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I Wish This Rain Were Snow

Isaiah 55:10-11

10 As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, 11 so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.

Ray 2019Rain falls at different rates than snow. Back in 2016 – we had 30 inches of snow during a (#snowmaggedon2016). When it rains that hard – the ground has a hard time soaking it in and much runs off. As this snow melted – the hope was that much of it would soak into the earth and replenish the land and underground reserves. It has been raining for a few days now and tomorrow the sun might shine. I wish all of this rain had been snow. No matter how fast or light the rain/snow falls – water is good for the ground – the crops – the flowers – the grass  and our wells. As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater.

At times – when there is very little rain – we will hear reports about how far under normal we are in the rain fall. We will hear that water supplies are low and how much we need the rain. I imagine we do well when there is much snow and it slowly melts. The creek bed in back of my property will probably be flowing soon from all of the rain fall!

David writes in Psalm 51 and compares the falling rain and snow – and the benefit it gives – to the Word of God falling on the ears of men and women. As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.

The Word of God will not go out and return void. This is a promise that every Christian can cling to and trust in. When we witness – when we share the truth about Jesus – when we tell someone about how God is working in our lives – His word will not go out and come back empty. There will always be a benefit to sharing and hearing the Word of God. Who have you shared your faith with this week? Remember our homework from worship last Sunday – to tell someone what Jesus coming to earth and dying for you means. Tell somebody!

I know a woman who prayed for and shared the Word of God with her husband and clung to promises like this one. Her husband was a good man – he just didn’t know Jesus. After a couple of decades of being a lovingly persistent witness – her husband came to know Jesus as his Lord and Savior. The Word did not go out and come back void. It may not have watered the soil of his heart as fast as his wife would have liked – but – it did water it and in God’s time – the fruit came forth.

Who in our life have we been a lovingly persistent witness to – trusting to see a harvest?Do not give up – do not grow silent – even when we don’t see the fruit – something is happening – that is the promise. The grandchild – grandparent – friend – co-worker – spouse – child – parent – we are witnessing to may seem to be closed to the Word of God – and they may not even come to faith – but God’s Word will have an impact – it will not go out and come back empty. Somewhere there will be fruit from our sharing of God’s Word.

As I mentioned – I wish all of this rain were snow. I love the snow. I want so much snow – that we have the whole community shutdown for a few days. More home time would be great! Just saying! And it is better for the land – to have the snow fall and slowly melt!

Just something for us to think about today as we go on our way.

December 18, 2019 - Posted by | Advent Thought, Build, Christmas, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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